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rishi sunak announces a new law to compensate and clear the names of hundreds of postmasters wrongly accused of theft. opposition activist alexei navalny is seen for the first time since disappearing from a central russian prison last month. and 80 years after d—day, we speak to the woman who helped map the beaches for the normany landings. we will have all those stories any few moments. time for a look at the business news now with tadhg enright. we start in the us — and the boss of aviation giant boeing says the company "acknowledges its mistake" after some of its newest planes were found to have loose parts. investigations began after a panel in the fuselage of a 737 max 9 jet operated by alaska airlines blew out mid—flight last week, opening a hole in the side of the plane. thankfully no—one was injured.
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max in the spotlight — ——it�*s the second major safety scandal to put the 737 max in the spotlight — the first involved the deaths of 346 people in two crashes in indonesia in 2018 and ethiopia in 2019. addressing employees at its factory in washington state — where the planes are assembled — chief executive dave calhoun said boeing would approach the issue with complete transparency. when i got that picture, and i hope all of you, in some way, i hope most of you have seen it, and those of you who haven't do look at it, all i could think about was i did not know what happened to whoever was supposed to be in the seat next to that hole in the airplane. i've got kids, grandkids, and so do you. this stuff matters. earlier i spoke to professor graham braithwaite, director of transport systems at cranfield university
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and asked him whether customers and investors were reassured by the boeing boss's words. i think we've seen a big difference in the way that boeing has reacted to this event and how it reacted when we had the first two max accidents. there's clearly an acknowledgement that there's a problem to be solved. there's also some humility, and you saw that in dave calhoun�*s reaction. i think that's incredibly important here. that openness is what gets aviation safety to the very high levels we usually achieve. so in this case, recognising that there may be a problem, working with that national transportation safety board investigation, which is focused on the safety lessons, i think is the best way to recover this situation. so i feel heartened by that. yeah, i mean, there was, as you mentioned there, an awful lot of introspection after those first 737 max incidents, those two fatal crashes. the planes were grounded for a prolonged period. and you would wonder, with all that deep examination of these planes, how these loose bolts could have escaped attention.
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i think that's a really important question, and clearly the investigation will want to get to that answer as soon as it can. now, the ntsb have told us that that report may not come for a year or 18 months, which is why it's right that the company takes immediate actions to minimise any risk that might be there in the system. so clearly, they're going to look at their quality assurance processes. clearly, they're looking at their entire supply chain, and that may involve other companies that delivered components, indeed, the fuselage into this build programme. and if that ntsb investigation finds something that needs immediate action, we will know about that straightaway. we won't have to wait 12 months, we won't have to wait 18 months. so i think you'll see rapid action here, and it's good to see that the response from boeing seems to be very different this time. moving on from boeing now. a false social media post sent the price of bitcoin jumping in the early hours. the post on the us securities
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and exchange commission's account on x, formerly twitter, claimed it had approved the first ever exchange traded funds — or etfs — of the cryptocurrency. but it hadn't — the regulator's account had been hacked and it quickly refuted that claim. it was quite an event because the sec is due to make a decision about one such etf today. erin delmore is our north america business correspondent. she joins me from new york. an incredible blunder on a day when we were expecting an announcement on this, that the account was hacked. how did it happen? it was such a highly anticipated decision, and remain so, which is why so much attention was on the sec yesterday. we know the sec gov twitter account was compromised and the erroneous tweet was sent saying the spot bitcoin emts were approved. the sec
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said the account was compromised, was taken down soon after, but x, the social media company, said it was not a compromise x system, the error was on the sec side. it said an unknown party access a phone number associated with the sec gov twitter account via a third party and because two factor authentication was not turned on on this twitter account, that is how someone was able to post a tweet that was erroneous and not expected. the price of bitcoin jumped that was erroneous and not expected. the price of bitcoinjumped on this news, up to nearly $48,000, a high, high numberfor bitcoin. when the correction was made, it fell towards 45,000 a few minutes later. the c to 45,000 a few minutes later. the crypto community has been on tenterhooks for the sec to make a decision about this new type of investing in bitcoin. a decision is expected today. what do we know? well, we know we are waiting for the decision and the sec is set to make
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a decision on at least one of the nearly dozen applications for etfs that were put forward. it would be big news in the crypto community. it would allow people or institutions to invest in bitcoin nearly as easily as they buy stocks and, as you can imagine, that brings more attention, more access to the cryptocurrency than we have seen it yet, and it is also an industry which has faced scrutiny and calls for more regulation in washington, so it is a big step for the cryptocurrency industry if it happens today. for cryptocurrency industry if it happens today.— cryptocurrency industry if it happens today. cryptocurrency industry if it hauenstoda. ., , . , happens today. for sure. we will be watchin: happens today. for sure. we will be watching and _ happens today. for sure. we will be watching and waiting _ happens today. for sure. we will be watching and waiting and _ happens today. for sure. we will be watching and waiting and i'm - happens today. for sure. we will be watching and waiting and i'm sure i watching and waiting and i'm sure you're bring us the news when it happens, thank you very much. japan has long been known for its relentless work culture. employees are reluctant to go on holiday and almost no one leaves the office before the boss. yet for more than 50 years japan has ranked the lowest in employee productivity among the rich g7 nations. but as our tokyo correspondent shaimaa khalil has been finding out, some workplaces believe they can get more from their workers by allowing them to sleep on the job.
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japan's salaryman and its notorious rush hour have become symbols of this workaholic society. pressure and expectations are so intense on employees here that the country coined the expression karoshi, or "death from overwork". and yet, for decades, this relentless hard work hasn't translated into overall productivity. this small company, however, is the opposite of anything you imagine a japanese workplace would be. makura, which means "pillow" has a power nap policy. the company not only makes and sells pillows, it also encourages the employees to use them — at work. i can't quite believe i'm saying this, but this is the most relaxing office space i've ever been in. and the secret is this. i'm speaking softly because employees around me are taking their naps for the day, and i'm about to do the same. i'll be honest, it wasn't easy
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for me to doze off there. but after his 20 minute nap, naoki taguchi told me how this helps him work better. translation: in the afternoon, especially after lunch. _ i get sleepy and i'm not as focused. i also have to pick up my children from preschool so i can't stay longer for overtime. i need to be more productive within the limited time that i have so, for me, napping is important. it helps me work more efficiently. some coworking rental spaces have also caught on the idea. here you can pay for a space to work or rest using the space—like energy pod. translation: i'm not sure | what it is, but it's too difficult for most japanese people to take naps at work. it still feels very wrong, like they're slacking off. i wanted to solve that issue. i think here it may be easier for someone to take a nap among people they don't know. 0ne japanese manufacturer has
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even addressed the issue of space or lack thereof. it may look like a phone booth, but this is the giraffe nap pod where you sleep standing up. translation: i use it once every day, but i try to let my _ employees use it too, during their lunch break. by standing up, you take some load off your back. i always tell my friends i can sleep anywhere, even standing up. this is the first time i'm actually doing it. one big challenge facing the power nap champions is society's reluctance to change. tempting as it is, dozing off even for a little bit, still feels like a big leap forjapan�*s infamous work culture. shaimaa khalil, bbc news, tokyo. in other news... the food giant danone is cutting the price of most of its baby formula products in the uk after the competition regulator investigated why prices have been rising so dramatically. the company behind the aptamil range
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will reduce its prices by 7%. last month, the competition and markets authority said formula prices had risen by a quarter over the past two years. it said it was concerned that parents were more nervous about switching brands on baby formula compared with other products. the vice—president of the european central bank has warned that the bloc of countries that use the euro currency might already be in a recession. luis de guindos was speaking at an event in madrid and said that prospects for the eurozone are weak but he welcomed the turnaround in inflation, which wasjust below 3% in december. volkswagen and toyota suffered a 1.3% drop in their market share in china last year in another sign that legacy international car—makers are suffering from the surging performance of chinese rivals. the world's two biggest car brands have been losing out to chinese brands that have benefited from government subsidies and expanding their ranges at home and internationally. last week the chinese car—maker byd overtook tesla as the world's biggest seller of electric cars.
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that is your business update. around the world and across the uk, this is bbc news. vmcsovsk: bbc news, - bringing you different stories from across the uk. i'm very much a car person. i like the looks of cars, like the engines of cars. ijust find them really fascinating. i don't want to stop them enjoying themselves, - but this is not a racetrack. the a47 around barwell is one of four racing hot spots identified by leicestershire police. people living here say it's a fatality waiting to happen. i've been down here . when those laybys have been full and then another ten, 20 cars up and down, _ racing at excessive speeds. never seen a speed camera, i've never seen police - sat in the layby. i'm just asking the police — what is being done? -
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we have issued a number of warnings and a number of antisocial behaviour notices have gone out to individuals. for more stories from across the uk, head to the bbc news website. you're live with bbc news. now a fascinating story. as scientists study diseases, it's become apparent that europe has high rates for two in particular — multiple sclerosis and alzheimer's. the cause has been a mystery, but analysis of the dna of almost 5,000 humans who lived across western europe and asia dating back up to 34,000 years could offer an answer. and it may also solve the question of why modern—day people from northern europe tend to be taller than southern europeans. with more on this, here's our health correspondent philippa roxby. asi
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from different parts of europe, but why is there a difference? well, the --eole why is there a difference? well, the peeple who — why is there a difference? well, the people who migrated _ why is there a difference? well, the people who migrated from - why is there a difference? well, the people who migrated from that - why is there a difference? well, the people who migrated from that partj people who migrated from that part of russia, ukraine, kazakhstan as we know it now, where nomadic farmers who looked after cattle, horses, and lived very close to their animals, so the genes in their bodies at that point had a very important function, they protected them against animal diseases. now our immune systems have evolved massively, we are living in a very different environment, we do not live as close to animals, we have much better hygiene, our diets and lifestyles are very different, so the genes they possess then and we have now inherited in north—western europe play very different role. in fact, what they do is make us more susceptible to autoimmune diseases like multiple sclerosis. find i like multiple sclerosis. and i mentioned — like multiple sclerosis. and i mentioned in _ like multiple sclerosis. and i mentioned in the _ like multiple sclerosis. and i mentioned in the queue, - like multiple sclerosis. and i mentioned in the queue, it l like multiple sclerosis. and i i mentioned in the queue, it also extends notjust to diseases, but the height of people in different parts of europe —— in the cue. that's right. these people who lived on the edge of europe are also
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extremely tall and very strong, and researchers have managed to work it by tracking their dna over thousands of years that that is probably why northern europeans are taller than southern europeans. they have also worked out that europeans are prone to different types of diseases. so it southern europeans, for example, are more prone to mood disorders such as a bipolar disorder, whereas eastern europeans seem to be slightly more prone to alzheimer's disease because of the genes that they carry from their ancestors. it tells us a lot about what diseases came from —— where diseases came from and how they could be treated in future, but that is probably still a long way off.— still a long way off. they particularly _ still a long way off. they particularly looked - still a long way off. they particularly looked at. still a long way off. they i particularly looked at msn still a long way off. they particularly looked at msn doubts i must, but presumably they can look at these markers and hopefully use them for the whole range of other conditions —— they looked at ms and alzheimer's. conditions -- they looked at ms and alzheimer's-— conditions -- they looked at ms and alzheimer's. they want to delve into the riant alzheimer's. they want to delve into the giant bank— alzheimer's. they want to delve into the giant bank of— alzheimer's. they want to delve into the giant bank of ancient _ alzheimer's. they want to delve into the giant bank of ancient dna - alzheimer's. they want to delve into the giant bank of ancient dna they l the giant bank of ancient dna they have created to find out more about
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diseases like autism, adhd, and depression to find out if it has always been in our genes, where these dreams have come from, which part of the world, and it is all fascinating science —— where these genes have come from. this study took over ten years to get to this point, but it is fascinating stuff. philippa, great to talk through those with you. thank you very much indeed. a video ofjailed russian opposition campaigner alexei navalny has offered the first glimpse of him since his sudden disappearance from jail in central russia in early december. there had been concerns over his wellbeing for weeks after it emerged that he'd been moved to a penal colony in russia's extreme north. navalny today attended a court hearing via video link into a complaint he made over the conditions in which he's being held. earlier i spoke to russia researcher with amnesty international oleg kozlovsky. he told me more. my main takeaway is that he
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keeps his spirits high. he continues to make jokes and to downplay the conditions that he is in, which is navalny�*s signature style, i would say. but it doesn't mean that we should be satisfied with how he's being treated, because he is being held right now at possibly one of the most extreme places in russia and possibly on planet earth, where people even live, which is in the very far north, a place where even during the day winter temperatures almost never go higher than —20 degrees centigrade and a place, which is very difficult to reach, which means that even lawyers will have a very hard time getting in touch with alexei navalny, and his isolation is now almost complete. i've only got a minute left. he's always said the charges have been trumped up to silence him. has it been effective, given there's been such a clampdown
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on all opposition in russia? well, we see that in one sense that these attempts have not been effective because we can still hear from navalny�*s colleagues, from him in person what he thinks, what he wants to express. but the authorities never stop trying to invent new ways to silence him and to silence other governments critics in russia. so, for instance, a new criminal case which was launched three months ago against his lawyers. the latest on the first glimpse of alexei navalny. train drivers in germany have begun a three—day strike, adding to travel disruption across the country as farmers continue to block roads in protest at planned subsidy cuts. the strike, called by the train drivers' union, has forced national rail operator deutsche bahn to run only stripped—back emergency timetables. about 80% of trains have been cancelled. the train drivers' union
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is demanding a pay rise as well as a cut in hours for shift workers. deutsche bahn says the demands are unaffordable. meanwhile, convoys of tractors are blocking major city centres including hamburg, cologne, and berlin. motorway sliproads and border crossings with france, poland and the czech republic are also affected. our berlin correspondent jessica parker told us more about why these strikes are happening. i'm in the heart of berlin. you can see the brandenburg gate behind me. but swing round here and you've got a line of tractors. there are actually fewer here than there were a couple of days ago. but it is part of an ongoing protest by farmers against plans to phase out agricultural fuel subsidies. now, in some cases, tractors are parked up like this in city centres. in other cases, they are doing rolling blockades across the country, causing travel disruption. adding to that, today, you have got the start of a three—day strike by train drivers who are in a dispute with the national rail operator deutsche bahn over pay and working conditions.
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it is all a headache, of course, for the german government that has already been dealing with a budget crisis. there are also sluggish economic forecasts for the year ahead. one member, though, of chancellor olaf scholz�*s social democratic party i was speaking to, said that people are really talking germany down at the moment. however, it is true to say that it has been a chaotic start to the year, certainly in terms of travel for europe's largest economy. jessica parker on those strikes, reporting to us from berlin. you're watching bbc news. here, police figures show that young people taking nude pictures are contributing to a rise in sexual offences committed by children in england and wales. more than half of all reports of child abuse cases named someone under 18 as a perpetrator. more than four times the number of offences were reported in 2022 compared to a decade earlier. tom symonds reports.
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this website, created by students in 2021, was a turning point, police say. he blackmailed me into sending him nude pictures. school children began revealing the sexual pressure they face from other children... he kept sending me photos of it and asking if i would have sex with him. ..including to appear nude. but these accounts aren't from two years ago. i said yes, because i didn't want to lose him. they're from the last few months, and the stories keep coming. he sent them to my family, close friends and my school. the result is that reported abuse of children by children is growing and concerning, and it often involves phones and photos. it's a crime for anybody to take, to make, to share or distribute an indecent image of a child that is under 18, whether that's in a consensual relationship or not. and it's really important that young people understand that, and the consequences of that, because whilst they may be in that consenting relationship at that time,
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once that image is shared or uploaded onto a platform, it's lost. it can be shared among children. it can be used to blackmail or embarrass. senior officers say the ideas behind this abusive behaviour, most of it by boys, often come from violence and abusive online porn, available with just a few clicks. they want the government to back stricter controls. they know they have to use their discretion when assessing low level offences by children because convictions can severely damage their future prospects, and they know they can't be parents. the message — we all need to have that uncomfortable conversation with our kids. tom symonds, bbc news. it's the 80th anniversary of the d—day landings in france this year and one woman who is hoping to visit the beaches of normandy for the first time to pay her respects is 103—year—old christian lamb. she was an officer in
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the women's royal naval service and herjob was to secretly map the shoreline in advance of the attack which was a turning point in the second world war. she's been sharing her memories withjohn maguire. archive: all who could get | their hands on newspapers... as the news of the d—day landings was greeted with relief and great excitement by the british public, those who'd worked tirelessly to make them happen shared that sense of historic achievement. among them was christian lamb. at 6:00 in the morning i heard the news that they had landed. i was very, very thrilled. she's been brought back to whitehall by the taxi charity for military veterans to visit the area where she worked 80 years ago. in honour of her service, a suite has been named after her in the old war office buildings, now a raffles hotel called the owo. we felt we should give a bit- of credit to these incredible women
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that have helped the nation and help the entire world, i when you think of it. especially me, frenchman, l i owe so much to miss lamb. i should say, welcome to your suite. as a 23—year—old wren in the royal navy she helped to create maps for the landing craft. my office was down the stairs. i mean, we used to occasionally see winston churchill going up the stairs, but not the basement stairs, he didn't lower himself to that. no. i personally never talked about it, but i was very, very thankful to be doing something as a wren which was useful, because there were so manyjobs that you could have had which were completely useless, really. and i really felt it was useful. cold beach. we are looking at modern day maps of the normandy coast line, we are
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once so familiar to her, but not now. i haven't actually ever looked at a map since then. oh, really? no. despite playing a role in the success of the allied invasion, she's never visited the areas she charted in such vital detail, but would love to see them. it would mean a lot, really, i would like to see the exact places where they stayed. i mean, it's such a long time ago, there won't be many people who are alive still he were alive then. but you would love to go? hm, would be interesting. last summer, she recreated the flight she first took in 1943. even at 103 years old, her adventurous spirit remains undimmed. john maguire, bbc news, whitehall. we'll take a short break. when we come back we will talk more about the post scandal, speaking with one sub postmaster, and also a labour mp who sits on the compensation burden has been campaigning on this for years. and we will get news live
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from ecuador, the dramatic pictures of the armed gang taking over a live tv studio and the declaration of war from the president on those armed gangs. all coming up on the programme in the next few minutes. after the weather with stabs ineos. —— stav danaos. hello there. we'll see the best of the sunshine, i think, across more southern parts of the country. but here again, we have more of that easterly breeze taking the edge off the temperatures. further north,a bit more cloud around. big area of high pressure dominating the scene. around it we're getting some clouds in off the north sea. that's affecting northeastern parts of the country, so this is where we're seeing the cloudier skies through the rest of today, north and east scotland and eastern england, maybe thick enough for the odd spot of light rain or drizzle, a little bit of wintriness over the high ground. best of the sunshine, southern, south—east england. some glimmers of brightness
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for western wales, northern ireland and also western scotland. temperature—wise, maybe a degree up on yesterday, highs of six or seven degrees. factor in the wind, though, it'll feel much colder than that. as we move through thoughts on it, plenty of cloud feeding into thursday wales, and it is here we will see the laws, temperatures coming down to minus seven celsius and also the threat of some dense fog patches developing as the winds will be like to hear. cold for the south where we have the cloud. an area of high pressure shifts, westwards, and a lot of cloud around the central southern and eastern areas and cloudy for england and wales could be gloomy all day in places. the best of the sunshine in scotland, maybe northern ireland, the far northern england later in the day. a nearly parts of wales to but cold
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the very cold start, less cold further south and east. as we head into the weekend, southern areas will see quite a lot of sunshine, we will see quite a lot of sunshine, we will start to open the floodgates to an arctic northerly command that will start feeding, plenty of snow showers to the northern half of scotland. accumulations really mounting up by the end of the weekend here, but it will be largely dry, cold, with some sunshine across more central and southern parts of the country. we hold on to the cold weather into next week, further snow showers in the north, just a chance of some more widespread snow developing across central and southern areas. around the middle part of the week, so staging into the forecast, some uncertainty on this. —— some uncertainty on this.
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live from london — this is bbc news. a major development — in the uk's biggest miscarriage of justice. rishi sunak announces a new law — to compensate and clear the names — of hundreds of postmasters wrongly accused of theft. i can announce that we will introduce new primary legislation to make sure that those convicted as a result of the horizon scandal are swiftly
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exonerated and compensated. we'll have reaction to that announcement — from one former postmaster — who was forced into bankruptcy. i'd like, you know, to get to the end of this, really, and sticking plasters are, whilst appreciated, you know, i just feel as though we're not moving forward. we'll be speaking live to the labour mp who has spent years campaigning forjustice on this issue. ecuador�*s president declares war on armed gangs — after gunmen storm a television station, live on—air. and the us�*s top diplomat says — there will be consequences if attacks by iran—backed houthi rebels on shipping in the red sea continue.

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